The West Virginia State Police, Public Service Commission and West Virginia Parkways Authority issued a joint statement on Nov. 13. They announced that they're planning to step-up their patrols on the West Virginia Turnpike. Another full-time unit will be assigned to track down tractor-trailers with potential safety hazards and also operators engaging in questionable driving.
Large trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, are important for the economy of West Virginia. When you see these vehicles on the roads throughout the state, it is a sign that the economy is performing well. The more of these trucks you see on the roads, the more likely it is that you might be involved in an accident with one of them. Let's take a look at tips you should follow to drive safely near these large trucks.
You never want to be part of a truck accident, as this can cause serious injury, death and/or extensive damage to your vehicle.
When the cause of an injury crash is the driver of a commercial vehicle, the victims may be able to hold more than just the driver responsible for their injuries and damages. Take, for instance, this crash that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 13, at the I-77/I-64 split.
Even if you spend most your time driving in the city and/or on back roads, there will be times when you need to hit the highway.
It's easy to believe that a truck accident and car crash are one in the same. However, due to the weight and size differences, there's a good chance that a collision between a truck and smaller vehicle will result in injury, death and extensive property damage.
As you drive down the highway, you can't help but find yourself in close proximity to one truck after the next.
Commercial truck drivers spend hours on end on the road. While this doesn't sound like a big deal, it's important to remember that fatigue can set in at some point. When it does, there's a greater risk of the person causing an accident.
Even if you're a safe driver, you don't stand a chance against the big rigs on the road if you encounter one whose driver isn't particularly concerned about safety.
It only takes one mistake by a trucker to cause a serious accident that can change the lives of many people.